How to adapt to your new job

Starting a new job is always exciting, but you may feel overwhelmed at first and not know how to take in so much information at once. They say you only get one chance to make a first impression, so here are 6 tips to help you start off on the right foot in your new job and succeed from day one!

  1. Be careful with how you come across: When you start a new job, it is important to make a good first impression, so try to adapt to the company’s codes of conduct and dress code so that those around you see that you are making an effort to integrate. Additionally, show interest in the reasons why they work in a certain way and, if you think there is a better way, put forward your proposal constructively and respectfully.


  1. Learn about the company: To adapt to your new job you must get to know the company, its vision and its philosophy. It is also important to know what is expected of you, what new challenges you will have to face and what support you can count on. Although you will probably also be eager to know about things such as holidays, we recommend waiting a while; don’t ask about them in the first week.


  1. Get to know your colleagues: It is important to integrate into your team as soon as possible in order to adapt to your new job, so take advantage of this to spend as much time as possible with your colleagues. Building relationships will help you to get to know your work environment better and to keep up to date with business-related matters. Talk to them informally, be optimistic and positive, and try to be willing to do what they need.


  1. Resolve your doubts: You may have questions about how the company works and about your own work. It is important that you know who to ask and when to do so. If you can resolve the doubt yourself, try to do so. If you have several doubts or questions, make a note of them and ask them all at once so as not to interrupt your colleagues’ work, and finally, remember to write down the answers to avoid having to ask the same questions over and over again.


  1. Learn from those around you: To adapt to your new job, observe as much as you can during the first few days; such as the company’s communication pattern, the way of working and the processes. Find out your colleagues’ needs and try to make a significant contribution to solving them, in this way you will provide a highly beneficial added value. Nothing will be valued more than your ability to work in a team, so be willing and attentive.


  1. Motivate others: If you are going to take a job that involves coordinating and leading a team, remember that a motivating policy is essential. One of the most effective ways is through recognition, as it improves what a worker does well and gives you scope to ask for extra effort to be made on aspects that can be improved. However, avoid motivating only when you need something from someone and do not manipulate your team; the most important thing is to be honest with yourself and with others.


At Claire Joster, our priority is to help you find the job that best suits you. Our team of expert consultants will assess your skills and accompany you throughout the process so that your new company is impressed by your work and effort.